The Soft Opening Of My New Life

It’s called a lifestyle, not a diet. It’s a change that I need to make for myself forever – not just for as long as I can play along. It’s actually very easy to believe that a permanent change could be possible. I’ve already lost 5 lbs since Monday, eating more than I ever did before, and exercising not as much as I should. Maybe I’ve got a shot this time.

It’s early, but I’m feeling positive about this, for the most part.

I’m working with a personal training studio called Hitch Fit, out of Kansas City, and have been told that it’s very possible for me to lose 13% of my body fat and as much as 30 lbs in the next three months if I just do what they say. It might sound odd, since in many ways I’ve prided myself for being a free spirit, but there are some aspects of my life I’ve acknowledged I just don’t have much control over. Diet and exercise are two of those aspects, so it fills me with a deep sense of relief and peace to just hand that portion of my life over to someone else, and do nothing more than just follow directions. The Before & After pictures are startling, motivating, insanely awesome. If I can achieve half of the success of some of their testimonials, I will be in the best shape this body has seen since high school.

And it’s not hard. Not at all.

I have to eat five meals a day, with a certain mix of carbs, protein and fat. It ends up being around 1300 calories, with LOTS of veggies and as much tea as I can drink. There’s no meat involved, no crazy supplements (other than the vegan, non-soy protein shake I was already drinking daily, and a green superfood powder with wheat grass and spirulina, which everyone should be taking, really), no diet pills or starving required – just eating at regular intervals, weight training three times a week, and doing cardio 5 or 6 days a week.

The nutrition plan reached my email inbox on Friday, and I was told to take a week to just read through everything, get familiar with the diet & exercises required, and think of any questions I’d like to ask before starting. So on Sunday I went grocery shopping and started loosely following the diet, figuring out how hard it would be to prepare my meals in advance (very little effort, as it turns out), and what it was going to be like to follow the plan. I figured it would be a little like the soft opening of a restaurant, just getting the lay of the land, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, making a few adjustments before the real work starts. Since then, every day I’ve worked a little harder to do exactly what I’m supposed to – 1 tbsp of peanut butter and not a bit more, adding the right amount of protein powder to my oatmeal, that kind of thing.

As of today, I’m down from 160 to 155.6 lbs., just following the meal plan and going to a couple of yoga classes. My dumbbell set came in yesterday, and I’ll start REALLY training on Monday, after a weekend of yoga. I’m excited. Scared of how hard it’s going to be to weight train and still find the willpower to do more cardio and go to yoga on a daily basis, but overall, feeling pretty awesome about this whole thing. It’s going to work, and I’m going to be in the physical shape I’ve always wanted. There have been, and will be, sacrifices made to this cause – most of the foods that I love, as well as alcohol (for the most part), and definitely lots of time – but I’ll figure out how to fit in the things that I need and say adios to the things that have just been weighing me down all of these years.

Wish me luck, folks. By March I’ll be ready to show off my bikini body 🙂

Paper & Fitness, In No Particular Order

OK, I lied – there is an order, but only because I was already set up with thoughts on paper.

I’m behind on origami (again) but I will finish this damn challenge, and what’s more, I will continue with my new hobby. I’ll probably only continue with the modular models, just because they’re absolutely fascinating and look cooler on the shelf when you’re done. Also, because The Man and I went to Michael’s today and he was an absolute gem of patience and fortitude as I went MAD with glee in the scrapbooking and origami sections!

I ended up buying a little tower of 300 3.5″ squares in a light card stock in a rainbow of colors, plus another 200 sheets of regular washi paper in 6″ squares, all in gorgeous little traditional geometric & floral print patterns, and a couple of 12″ squares of this cool retro kitchen print paper from the scrapbooking section. On top of all of those great finds, Michael’s was also having an awesome sale on paper storage boxes, made for holding 12″ squares but also just as good for smaller origami papers. It’s just a plastic briefcase kind of container that snaps shut, but at $3 it was the best buy of the day.

 

Also, in unrelated news, I’ve made a huge move towards getting this weight issue I’m always going on about off my plate for good. I’ve signed up for an online personal training program with Micah LaCerte & Diana Chaloux, the owners of HitchFit. I was putting together a new board on Pinterest to help visualize my physical fitness goals, and ran across this amazing before & after photo of a woman whose body was very similar to mine – not horribly out of shape, just round and soft and not awesome. The ‘after’ picture was so dramatic that I just had to click through and see what kind of gimmick was being sold.Only once I started reading the story, I realized that it wasn’t a gimmick – the program works, and has MANY before and after photos, with full testimonials.

After that, I was intrigued and spent about a week going through every inch of the website to see what the program was about. The owners of the gym are personal trainers and life coaches who also happen to be award-winning fitness models/competitors and as if that wasn’t enough, apparently they’re really nice people, too. They offer in-person training, but for online customers they’ll put together a personalized diet plan and exercise plan, with instructions and motivation to get you going, and weekly meetings online to help you keep reaching for your goal. The price was very reasonable, and for me the system was just what I was looking for – Diana’s already planned out my diet for the next 12 weeks, helpfully tailoring it to my request to go vegan. I was also given a ton of different materials, from a video that shows exactly how to do every exercise, to instructions on when, how, and how much to eat & exercise and a worksheet for defining personal motivation. If all goes well, I should be going from 31.03% body fat to 20% body fat in the next 12 weeks, which could translate into about 25 pounds.

I’ll pick up my groceries tomorrow morning to start the meal plan, and cook up meals for the week tomorrow night. Then it’s just up to me to keep my cardio up, strength train three times a week, and do my absolute best to work as hard as I can. If I can do that, in three months I’ll be where I’ve wanted to be for the last 10 years. And all I’ve got to do is follow directions – no independent thinking required, which should be such a relief considering how overloaded my brain has been lately. Wish me luck!